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A Camp Announce Long Awaited Album
Nettwerk reports: A Camp announce the release of their long awaited sophomore album and US debut Colonia, out April, 28th 2009 on Nettwerk.

Originally formed as a Swedish musical duo by The Cardigans front woman/lyricist Nina Persson and Atomic Swing musician Niclas Frisk, A Camp has since evolved into a trio with the addition of American film composer, Shudder to Think member, and Nina's husband, Nathan Larson. As the title Colonia suggests, the new album is a journey through a myriad of themes, events and ideas which have been prevalent throughout history and remain true today.

Colonia is the follow-up to A Camp's 2001 self-titled debut that was produced by indie superhero Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse and earned them 4 Swedish Grammies. Linkous returns to the A Camp fold for Colonia to add some slide guitar touches. - more on this story

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Lenka Tour
PR reports: Lenka will launch a headlining tour of North America on January 10th in support of her self-titled solo debut, which jumped onto iTunes' Top 10 Albums chart just days after its release this past September and reached the No. 3 spot on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. She'll perform the album's first single, "The Show," on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on January 8th.

Tapped as an iTunes "Single of the Week" earlier this year, "The Show" has reached Top 25 at Hot AC radio. "The Show" was one of Clear Channel's top 5 Hot AC tracks of 2008. In addition, Lenka was featured as Clear Channel's "NEW! Artist to Watch" in September. - more on this story

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Grateful Dead New Year's
PR reports: Bill Kreutzmann, Grateful Dead drummer for the band's entire thirty year career, rings in the New Year in the state he calls home: Hawaii.

On December 29th and 31st, Kreutzmann is joined on stage in Maui by Austin bluesman Papa Mali, James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass guitar/Bonnie Raitt Band), and Matt Hubbard (piano/Willie Nelson Band) for two very special evenings of music. These New Year's shows launch a busy year ahead for Kreutzmann. First up in 2009, a run of dates with Kreutzmann's trio featuring bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek).

Kreutzmann's Maui New Year's run begins on December 29th at local music spot (and Willie Nelson's favorite hang) Charley's Restaurant, on Maui's North Shore. For New Year's Eve, the celebration moves just east along the Hana Highway to Voyage East in the Pauwela Cannery. For December 31st, expect unannounced special guests, Kit Kat Club exotic dancers, and a late night deejay set by P.O.R.T.A.L. Plus, finishing show touches such as venue décor by "A century in review", designs of the decades from Wings Hawaii Girls, and Repast Pupu's by Cloud Nine catering from 10 PM to midnight. - more on this story

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Fake Shark Real Zombie Set Release
PR reports: A band with as much raw energy on record and on stage as its name indicates, FAKE SHARK REAL ZOMBIE is finally unleashing its true blood-curdling potential. Come January 9th, the virus that is Fake Shark Real Zombie will spread throughout the Internet in the form of a digital EP entitled 'Angel Lust'.

With Angel Lust, Fake Shark Real Zombie has continued to explore their musical potential in a very progressive manner – one that could indeed end up taking over the human race. The Vancouver based Quartet (which takes its name from a scene in Lucio Fulci's 1979 movie Zombie II) has found success touring outside of North America in places like Asia and the UK, and especially Japan, where their debut album, Zebra! Zebra!, was released by Vinyl Junkie Records in 2007. They are now looking to build on that success and increase their audience throughout Canada and the US. - more on this story

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Songs In The Key Of Hanukkah
WBR reports: New Line Records is excited to announce the recent release of Songs In The Key Of Hanukkah. The album was created and produced by composer and multi-instrumentalist Erran Baron Cohen, brother of Ali G and Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen.

Baron Cohen scored the original music for his brother's film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (in which he rewrote the Kazakhstani national anthem), as well as his hit TV series, Da Ali G Show, where he collaborated with the likes of Chrissie Hynde, Travis, and Supergrass among others.

He has also released two internationally acclaimed records as part of his band ZOHAR, which fuses Hebrew and Arabic samples, electronic soundscapes, dub and drum and bass rhythms. Check out the video for "Dreidel" (f/Jules Brookes and Y-Love)" - here

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Secondhand Serenade Expand Tour Plans
PR reports: In the midst of a headlining tour, road warrior Secondhand Serenade announces even more US tour dates in 2009.

John Vesely, aka Secondhand Serenade, also unveils a slew of Canadian shows, marking the first round of dates north of the border in support of his sophomore release, A Twist In My Story.

Meg & Dia, White Tie Affair and Rookie of the Year open on all US dates, while Meg & Dia and label mates Everlea open in Canada. - more on this story

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Armored Saint Plan New Album
PR reports: Armored Saint have issued the following update: Armored Saint are officially announcing that they've begun writing new songs for a new record due in 2009.

The band has written close to 12 songs as of now and are ready to enter the recording studio in the next month or so.

"The band lineup is as it was on 2000's 'Revelation' and 1992's 'Symbol of Salvation' - more on this story

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Metalmania Festival 2009 Changes Venues
PR reports: The 23rd edition of the Metalmania Festival, which was to take place on the 7th March 2009 at the Spodek Hall in Katowice, will eventually not happen due to a major renovation works at the venue - Spodek will be closed for almost 6 months from January 1st, 2009.

However, to keep up the tradition of the festival, Metal Mind Productions will organize Metalmania Fest 2009. The date remains the same but the venue changes to a smaller place - Stodola Club in Warsaw.

The bands confirmed so far are: Soulfly, Exodus, Overkill and Heaven Shall Burn. Two special guests to be confirmed soon! - more on this story

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Blue Turtle Seduction & Izabella New Years Bash
PR reports: Looking for a high-energy bash to bring in the 2009 New Year? Look no further than Sparks, Nevada where California up-and-comers, Blue Turtle Seduction and Izabella, have joined forces to produce a "retro-formal" New Year's blowout at the Great Basin Brewery. Both bands have garnered reputations for turning each and every performance into an all-out dance party, and this all-night celebration promises to be no exception.

The fresh musical movement known as Blue Turtle Seduction is a two-fold sonic experience. Both musically and socially aware, the five-piece rock / bluegrass / reggae / hip-hop hybrid creates music that defies classification. Their 2008 release, "13 Floors" was recently selected as one of the top 100 albums of 2008 at KTHX 100.1 radio. Nestled between legends such as Radiohead, Lucinda Williams and Joan Biaz, 2009 promises to be a big year for this South Lake Tahoe band.

Izabella is another California band to keep your eyes on. Their originals are dead solid with hooky lines and exultant, flowing music --- following in the Bay Area tradition of great forebears like the Sons of Champlin, Izabella is making national waves in a very short time. - more on this story

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The Cure Played Secret Show In LA
PR reports: MySpace Music held a special Secret Show concert by The Cure on Saturday, December 13 at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles.

The performance took place exclusively for the MySpace users, in which the community was notified via MySpace of the free concert only 24 hours before the show occurred. Many of the band's most avid followers came out for the incredible event!

In addition to the hundreds of fans that lined up to see The Cure, celebrities in attendance included Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Eliza Dushku, Lukas Haas, The Killers, All American Rejects, AFI, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Trey Parker (South Park). - more on this story

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. Mike Mangione - Tenebrae
While Mangione's talent certainly could be woven into a warm respite from the hard-edged, often biting Billboard occupants, that type of easy pigeon-holing would shortchange him and the public. (4.5 stars) - Read the full Mike Mangione - Tenebrae review

. Panzer Division Marduk
Out of all objects ever built, this is the worst thing man has created- not some exaggeration, but truth. Britney Spears' reality show presenting her white-thrash lifestyle uses more intelligence than this. - Read the full Panzer Division Marduk review

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